(IDEX Online News) – South Africa’s minister of Natural Resource, Susan Shabangu, will deliver a keynote address to the Plenary Session of the upcoming 8th Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council (WDC). The minister will lead a delegation of high-level officials from South Africa.
"It will be an honor to host minister Shanbangu and her delegation in Vicenza," said WDC president Eli Izhakoff. "With South Africa playing so key a role in the Kimberley Process during the coming two years, their presence underscores the commitment to the ongoing alliance between government, industry and civil society in defending the integrity of the diamond trade."
Other senior government officials who will be addressing the plenary on May 14 are Ambassador Gillian A. Milovanovic of the United States, the current chair of the Kimberley Process and Tung-Lai Margue, director, Head of the Service for Foreign Policy Instruments of the European Commission.
South Africa is currently the vice chair of the Kimberley Process and will become chair of the organization on January 1, 2013. South Africa was the first chair of the Kimberley Process, and will mark the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme during its second term next year.
The 8th Annual Meeting of the World Diamond Council opens in Vicenza, Italy, on May 13.